Newtown massacre: Still no report
Who made the state police king? Why do they continue to drag their feet in releasing a final report on the investigation into the devastating Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School? Who gave that agency the authority to decide what the public should know and when they should know it?
Last March, peeved because high-ranking state police officers attending law enforcement conferences were leaking details from the massacre investigation that had not been made public, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy demanded an interim report on the status of the probe. The investigators complied, while stating that a final report on the heinous crime would not be finished until mid-June â€” at the earliest.
Now we are told by the state police that a final investigative report on Sandy Hook won’t be ready until the end of September, more than nine months after the crime was committed.
“Nobody ever said that we had to have it done by a certain time,” said the usually professional department spokesman, Lt. J. Paul Vance.
The “hide-the-information” game being played by the police and other state officials is ridiculous. The only suspect in this crime â€” shooter Adam Lanza, who killed 20 first-graders, six female educators, his mother and himself â€” is dead. It’s almost certain there won’t be another arrest. The police have little to no excuse for dragging this out.
Mr. Malloy, who was helpful in squeezing a status report out of prosecutors in March, is of no help now. He is siding with the secret-keepers.